Before the invasion of Iraq, Bush stacked the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) with campaign contributors instead of intelligence experts.
It remains so stacked, by the way.
I learned this not long after I learned that Bush had placed the Mine Safety and Health Administration under the control of the mining industry.
And you all know about FEMA. And the EPA. Though probably not much about the others.
Don't expect to hear much about this corruption on the TV news. The press gets much better ratings reporting on the aftermath - things like the war, trapped miners, unsafe air and drinking water, oil spills, vanishing animals, hurricane victims, and so on.
People, your government is corrupt and incompetent like never before. Your leaders have shamed you and your country. The United States - once a champion of innovation, democracy, can-do spirit and human rights - is now widely regarded as a dangerous, hypocritical nation. The American people now look like ignorant fools and cowardly bullies.
Don't be insulted. Don't laugh like a foolish teenager. Don't make excuses. Don't say you knew it all along, or that it's par for the course. Don't pretend this doesn't affect you or the ones you love. Don't say you're not responsible, or that nothing can be done.
Time's running out. Get involved. It's not someone else's problem. It's yours.